Mitolo, 7th Son McLaren Vale Grenache/Shiraz 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Australia

  • Region:

    South Australia

  • Area:

    McLaren Vale

  • ABV:

    14%

  • Grape:

    Grenache

  • Grape Blend:

    Grenache 62%, Shiraz 33%, Sagrantino 5%

  • Vegan:

    y

  • Winemaker:

    Ben Glaetzer

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Mitolo 7th Son McLaren Vale Grenache/Shiraz 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Bramble herbs with hints of cracked black pepper underpinned with earthy, dark fruit characters of Satsuma plum, black cherry and liquorice. Grenache plays a leading role, a dark cherry lift with a seductive, almost slippery mid palate. Shiraz provides some weight to the juicy mouth feel as well as dark fruits and earthy olive tapenade characters. Finally, Sagrantino, despite its low proportion, adds beautiful dry earth, cigar box-like savoury lift with those signature tannins giving a drying, snappy finish.

Production Notes

The Shiraz and Grenache parcels were kept separate until the final blending stage just prior to bottling. Both parcels were destemmed without crushing then pumped over once daily. The ferment was kept cool throughout in an attempt to extract the tannin, colour and flavour very softly and to hold onto the pure fruit characters that are a signature for Mitolo. The wine was kept in one and two-year-old barrels, all of French origin, for 18 months before being blended. Only a small amount of Sagrantino was added to the final blend, also from the Lopresti vineyard, to enhance the structure of the wine. The final blend was clarified by racking only, and bottled without fining or filtration.

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Producer Profile

McLaren Vale-based Mitolo is a family-owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo, whose Italian roots inspired his early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner in the business in 2001. The fusion of Frank's knowledge of the land and business acumen and Ben's winemaking talent has resulted in one of Australia's most awarded wineries. From the approachable 'Jester' range to the premium wines that wow the critics, Mitolo has made a name for itself as one of the Australian producers to watch. Overlooking the coast, the vineyard in McLaren Vale has heavy grey loam over sandstone soil with black cracking Biscay clay. The proximity to the ocean ensures cool afternoon breezes that help retain good acidity levels and aid in the development of complex flavours in the grapes. The 'Jester' Shiraz has plenty of ripe berry fruit and offers everything you want from a vibrant McLaren Vale Shiraz, including remarkable value. Of the premium wines, perhaps the most individual wine from Mitolo is 'Serpico', Frank's nod in the direction of Amarone. The grapes were dried for about five weeks after harvesting. This period of 'appassimento' gives the wine a dried fruit yet vibrant character that ensures its intensity is nicely balanced.